Tag: all wheel drive

Roadblazing.com / DHS Budget Utes Review - 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4 SEL AWC - There's Meat on 'em Bones

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4 SEL AWC: price leader among 3 Row midsize crossover utility vehicles starting at under $24k in front drive form, with an IIHS Top Safety Pick rating
* * * * * * * * * * * * (Contributing Editor: Tomasz Paluch) Make no bones about it. Mitsubishi is a carmaker which currently is neither hot nor all the rage. Crazy as it sounds, that is a good thing for consumers. As the Japanese brand shakes off the dead-weight of cars... Read more »

2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD - SAV Signed By MX-5 Miata - Quick Review

Handsomely re-designed 2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD is the "MX-5 Miata of 7-seat SAVs." <br> <br> Starting at $32,420, with (pictured) Signature AWD trim topping out at $45,215, the new Mazda CX-9 excises "blandness" from the family crossover utility vehicle .<br>
* * * * * * * * * * * * (Contributing Editor: Tomasz Paluch, Roadblazing.com) WISH: bringing home to the wife (or husband) & four kids a brand new deep Soul Red Mazda MX-5  repleted with a big white ribbon. PROBLEM: Then imagine the frying pan (or power tool) hitting you over the... Read more »

2016 Fiat 500X & 2016 Jeep Renegade 4x4 - Red Hot Tomato, Yellow Hot Mustard Fraternal Cute Utes - Comparison Review, Video

Fraternal Twin Cute Utes: (TOP): 2016 FIAT 500X = Red Hot Tomato personal crossover utility vehicle from Italy. This FWD 2.4L gas 9-speed automatic EASY trim model is priced at $24,700;<br> <br> (BOTTOM): 2016 Jeep Renegade = Yellow Hot Mustard personal sports active vehicle. Also from Italy.  As tested 4x4 1.4L turbo gas 6-speed manual Latitude priced at $25,760. <br>
* * * * * * * * * * * * Fraternal twins aren’t genetic twins. Since one is a boy and the other a girl, they aren’t being constantly compared for character differences as genetic twins are. Car manufacturers have been doing fraternal twins for a long time now. Sometimes fraternal quadruplets. Coming... Read more »
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2017 Kia Sportage SX Turbo AWD - Hot Brand Doing Spicy CUV - Quick Review

2017 Kia Sportage SX-T small family crossover SUV in "Burnished Copper." Fully optioned MSRP: $34,895.<br> <br> Deep valley hood atop smooth round front corners intentionally bears more than passing resemblance to Spicy SUV from Zuffenhausen. <br>
* * * * * * * * * * * * (Contributing Editor: Susan Frissell, Women With Wheels.com, ChicagoNow.com “Girls Go Racing”) When you’re hot, you’re hot. Korean brand Kia is currently sizzling. Last year it sold 600,000 vehicles in the U.S. alone. That represented a nearly 8% increase over previous year sales. As... Read more »

2016 Subaru Legacy 3.6R AWD - Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall Family Haul - Quick Review

2016 Subaru Legacy 3.6R AWD exists because many Americans "enjoy" Four Seasons. This Twilight Blue Metallic tester comes fully equipped at $33,080.
* * * * * * * * * * * * (Contributing Editor: Tomasz Paluch, Roadblazing.com) Car and Driver recently culled some data showing that only 8-10% of American buyers of volume family cars demand the greatest possible tractive control afforded by All-Wheel Drive. This despite 52-60% of non-luxury crossovers and sport utility vehicles... Read more »

2016 Buick Regal GS AWD - More Confident Than Dad's 4-Door Buick - Quick Review

Crimson Red Tintcoat 2016 Buick Regal GS takes on a more serious tone with late afternoon sun. The German designed, midsize sporty executive sedan is replete with Buick Bling: vertical lower air damn "Fangs", smoked  wide waterfall grille, trademark hood louvers and mirror polished 20"-inch wheels.<br> <br> After a $5900 price drop, front drive models start at just over $34K, with this well contented AWD version at $40,650. <br>
* * * * * * * * * * * * (Contributing Editor: Tomasz Paluch, Roadblazing.com) Your father was very fortunate if he was driving a 1967 Buick Skylark Grand Sport coupe back in the day. With its big block 400 ci. OHV V-8, 4-barrel carburetor and 10.25:1 compression, making 340 gross hp and 440... Read more »
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2015 Infiniti Q50S AWD & 2015 Lexus IS350 F-Sport AWD - Sushi Instead of Spaetzle Sport Sedans - DHS Comparison Review, Video

Had enough "3-Series Spaetzle?" How about trying this Sushi compact luxury Sport Sedan duo, instead?<br> <br> (TOP) 2015 Infiniti Q50S All-Wheel Drive<br> <br> (BOTTOM): 2015 Lexus IS350 F-Sport All-Wheel Drive <br>
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – “Drive…He Said” now interrupts your regularly scheduled BMW 3-Series “Kool-Aid” programming. With some spicy rear-drive platform compact luxury sport sedans from the land of Wasabi. Spindled: You either love it or hate it.... Read more »

2015 BMW X5 xDrive35i - Coin Lob Into Fountain of Sports Active Ute - Review

2015 BMW X5 xDrive35i: Rejuvenated Luxury Sports Activity Vehicle with "Ute-fullness." <br> <br> Base price has risen to $55,100. Previously optional Technology and Convenience packages are now standard for a net savings of $3300. Price of this well-optioned Mineral White Metallic tester: $70,975 <br>
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Timeline, Fountain of Active Youth/ Utility: CIRCA 1999: “The Artist Formerly Formerly Known As Prince” prophesized it.  The “Little Blue Pill” [aka Sidenfil, or Viagra]” and the first luxury Sports Activity Vehicle, the... Read more »

DHS - Budget Utes Deserving a 2nd Look - 2014 Jeep Patriot, 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

(TOP): Mid-compact 2014 Jeep Patriot starts at dirt affordable $15,900 (albeit with manual windows and manual transmission)<br> <br> (BOTTOM): compact 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SAV (including standard power windows and 18" alloy wheels) commences at $19,595.<br> <br> Each deserves a 2nd look from budget shoppers.<br>
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – One “Drive…He Said” reader recently contacted us with the ubiquitous “What is the most affordable new vehicle transportation I can get for my money?” We recommend a Three-Step process of car shopping: A)... Read more »
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2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 AWD - Leaps and Bounds Into Act II - Review

Re-birthed 2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.8L luxury executive sedan in a "caliente" Pamplona Red. Starting at $38,000, when only rear-wheel driven, this fully loaded all-wheel driven sample runs $52,450.
One fine spring morning, in a valley nestled in America’s Dairyland, but for the eau of cattle generated methane, peacefulness reigned. Then came engine thunder and parting of air, courtesy of an all new luxury executive sedan bolting over the crest of a hill, through a steep corkscrew dip. Quick double-tugs on  the steering wheel... Read more »